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What is the Bethnal Green Beer Mile?


Can’t be arsed with Shoreditch Bars? Fed up with the crowds at the Bermondsey Beer Mile? Bethnal Green - a hothouse of craft beer, great food and Lucha Libre - is the place to be.

This site is dedicated to Bethnal Green’s burgeoning craft beer scene, with Taprooms, Breweries and Bottle Shops popping up from Whitechapel to Hackney and everywhere in between. There are plenty of places you can go for beer tastings in London, however we think Bethnal Green is one of the best places to indulge in a cheeky flight of fine craft beer.

We love East London craft beer and believe that Bethnal Green and Hackney’s growing selection of London brewery Tap Rooms are so worth a visit that we have shamelessly borrowed the Bermondsey Beer Mile concept and put together a list of pubs, bars, taprooms and beer gardens in Bethnal Green and Hackney. We have done the hard work for you so you can just get on with lapping up the finest pubs, bars, taprooms and beer gardens in Bethnal Green and Hackney.

Our East London pub crawl may be less structured than the Bermondsey Beer Mile, but it is in a far nicer part of town; walking distance from Victoria Park and London Fields, it’s the perfect place to be in the summer, and in the winter there are plenty of cosy clubs and bars to hole up in. Bethnal green craft beer, East London craft beer, Hackney craft beer, we’ve got it all covered.

Hope you like our recommendations, and you can bugger off to the Bermondsey Beer Mile if you don’t.


How do I do the Bethnal Green Beer Mile?


Bethnal green is a stop east on the Central line from Liverpool Street and easily accessible from Shoreditch either walking or by Bus. It is also walking distance from Whitechapel and a two stops west of Stratford on the Central Line. Basically, there is no excuse not to visit.

The “Mile” is centred around Cambridge Heath Road and Mare Street, with an optional venture to Hackney Wick if you have the stamina (this requires a 5 minute ride on the Overground from Hackney Central). In Locations we have listed stopping points as you head from the bottom of Cambridge Heath Road up to Mare Street and Hackney Central.

Now, for the big decision: where do you want to start and finish the beer mile? Thankfully, either direction works a treat. Up early and raring to go? Head for a full english at E Pellicci then off to the archway breweries and Bethnal Green taprooms nearby. Sore head and starting late? Venture over to the canal paradise of the Crate Brewery to start, for life affirming pizza and an easy drinking IPA to ease yourself back in.


Locations



Beers


Once an east end boozer now a gastro brew pub owned by the One Mile End brewery. They brew on site in the cellar and have a great range of beers including a tidy blood orange wheat double IPA.

A great little micro-brewery in a hidden corner of Bethnal Green with some pleasantly intriguing beers.

Newly opened taproom in a railway arch. They have a decent happy hour and some sort of Land Rover mobile tap room marvel. Worth stopping in as these guys stock all the local breweries.

Really good creative beers brewed on site and served straight from the tank. If you visit during the week you can even watch them brewing. They also have decent guest beers.

Now a London institution. You know the drill, loads of decent and often intriguing beers on tap and an even bigger selection in the fridge with some truly exclusive options for the connoisseur. Friendly, knowledgeable staff, always a decent crowd and sometimes street food outside.

Although the brewery went into administration and is now under new ownership, the tap room on Bethnal Green will be carrying on under the previous owner and beers in the style of Redchurch’s generally more interesting Urban Farmhouse imprint will continue to be brewed on site while the core range of Redchurch beers will continue to be brewed by the new owners in Harlow. You will find pretty decent Mexican food here as well.

Tap room under a railway arch by London Fields with a decent outdoor space, a range of their own beers and also a decent number of guest beers to choose from. They also do frozen cocktails. Happy Hour till 7pm every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Pub owned by the Five Points Brewery with an impressive selection of over 20 keg and cask beers. They also have a pizza menu and roasts on Sundays. The Five Points Brewery is next door and regular tours are available. Pub quiz every Monday as well.

Great pub on Mare Street with an insane selection of beer (Keg and Cask). Striking distance from London Fields. One of the best pubs in the area and a decent choice of snacks to boot.

Another railway arch space, this time with really sensational food. The beer isn’t half bad either. Definitely make sure you arrive hungry.

Pressure Drop’s former brewery site on Bohemia Place has been converted in a tap room in conjunction with Verdant. Beer from both breweries is available.

A craft beer bar and bottle shop with a decent outdoor space, often with street food available. Huge selection of beers inside. They also age and blend their own sour beer sourced from Wild Beer Co, Burning Sky and Duration.

A Hackney Wick stalwart, this brewery’s canal side setting, crisp pizza bases and rolling selection of delicious brews make it a perfect spot to drink away a warm summer’s day. People flock here when the weather’s nice so head over early to knab yourself a canalside table (and be prepared to defend it!). They offer brewery tours pretty much all the time, worth checking out for an hour or two, charcuterie board optional...

Solid selection of beers straight from the tank, beer hall style with long tables inside and plenty of seating space outside for a sunny day. Not got the canal side terrace that Crate has but the beer is just as good and, without the crowds, more easy to enjoy.


Wines and Cocktails


East London’s premier urban winery. The wine isn’t bad and the atmosphere’s good too.

French inspired cocktail bar. Their famous champagne piña colada lives up to the hype.

New Orleans themed cocktail bar on Roman Road. More Shoreditch than Bethnal Green (see also Chiringuito), but the cocktails and food are good.

On my life, this is the best cocktail bar in London.


Food


Hands-down best fry-up in London, and a favourite of both locals and tourists alike. Expect huge portions, shared tables, and cockney patter.